The passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

Draper, James David, author

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  • "Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875) was an extraordinarily gifted sculptor, the greatest in 19th-century France before Rodin, and embodied the emotionally charged artistic climate of his era ... Carpeaux's wrenching representations of human forms, shown in beautiful color details and illustrations, echo his turbulent personal life, fraught with episodes of violence and fatal illness. The book covers the entire span of Carpeaux's career, and includes the masterpiece Ugolino and His Sons, newly discovered drawings, and a number of rarely seen or studied works. Previously unpublished letters between Carpeaux and his family and friends, a wealth of archival material, and the most detailed chronology of the artist's life ever published."--Yale University Press website.


  • Catalog of an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, March 10-May 26, 2014, and at the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, June 23-September 28, 2014.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Becoming Carpeaux. Habits and habitats. Carpeaux and his peers in French Sculpture / James David Draper ; Carpeaux and Valenciennes / Jean-Claude Poinsignon ; Carpeaux in London / Philip Ward-Jackson -- Italy. Prix de Rome / James David Draper ; Carpeaux in Italy / Elena Carrara ; Ugolino / Edouard Papet ; Fisherboy and friend / James David Draper -- Sculptor of the Second Empire. Carpeaux : sculptor of his time / Edouard Papet ; Decoration of the Louvre : "Imperial France" and the "Triumph of Flora" / Edouard Papet ; The Prince Imperial / Edouard Papet ; The dance / Laure de Margerie ; Fountain of the Observatory / Laure de Margerie ; Watteau / James David Draper ; Other commissions and projected monuments / Edouard Papet ; Celebrations and fancy dress / James David Draper -- Portraits. Portraits : "Life itself" / Edouard Papet ; The Marquise de la Valette / Edouard Papet ; Princess Mathilde / Edouard Papet ; The Imperial couple / Edouard Papet ; Demimonde and bourgeoisie / Edouard Papet ; Friends / James David Draper and Edouard Papet -- Family / James David Draper and Edouard Papet ; Self / James David Draper -- Religious inspiration. Religious inspiration ; The Passion of Christ ; Notre-Dame du Saint-Cordon / Elena Carrara -- The dark side. Political upheavals and private disasters / James David Draper
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